BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Responsible for financial oversight of Forward Theater Company.
Rozan has spent much of her professional life in the fields of software development and nonprofit administration. She has served both as executive director and now president of Temple Beth El, Madison’s Reform Jewish congregation, as well as administrator for Lake Edge United Church of Christ and database manager for the Jewish Federation of Madison. She has a degree in Economics from Brown University. Other volunteer positions in recent years include serving on the international boards and executive committees of Women of Reform Judaism (international and Midwest District), where she has chaired a number of committees. She is currently on the board of the Madison Symphony Orchestra League and planning committees for Concert on the Green and other events.
Rozan enjoys a very semi-professional career as a bassoonist and plays tennis whenever she can. She and her husband Brian are subscribers and avid audience members of Forward Theater, as well as American Players Theater and the Madison Symphony Orchestra. They are also members of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and love to support arts organizations in our community!
Dave Chaimson is the COO of Full Compass Systems in Middleton, Wisconsin. He joined the company at the end of January 2020 after moving back to the Madison area. He was most recently the Vice President of Business Development, Marketing, and Membership at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) in Oshkosh for the past six years, a non-profit association started more than 60 years ago that supports the freedom of flight. While in the Fox Valley, Dave served as secretary on the Executive Committee of The Grand Oshkosh, one of the oldest opera houses in the state. With a capacity of 550, The Grand Oshkosh provides an intimate atmosphere for many theatrical and musical performances throughout the year. Before his involvement with EAA, Dave spent nearly 30 years in Madison, including a 15-year engagement with local start-up Sonic Foundry through its acquisition by SONY in 2003, eventually departing in 2014. While in the Madison area previously, Dave was on the board of the Madison Repertory Theater, terming off before its sunset in 2009. Dave was also involved in creating the now-defunct Waunakee Actors Guild in the late 90s as a personal outlet for his mediocre talent. He’s also worked at other companies in the area that have been incredibly supportive of the arts, including American Girl and Conney Safety Products, and recently got involved with the United Way of Dane County as the Vice-Chair of the Retail and Services group. Having been a fan of Forward Theater, a ‘company founded on a commitment to the civic life of our community’, since the fall of the Madison Rep, he's been looking for new leadership outlets and other means to contribute to the civic and cultural pride that makes Madison so special. Forward is undoubtedly one of the best acts in town.
Charles is currently UW Emeritus Professor of Surgery in the Division of Otolaryngology, where he served as chair of the department from 1995-2007. His interest in theater dates back to his teenage and early college years, and his academic career has been influenced by a longstanding fascination with the human voice. At the University of Wisconsin he has assembled a world-class team of voice clinicians and scientists. His clinical practice encompasses medical and surgical care of actors, singers, and other voice professionals. Chuck’s research focus is laryngology and voice disorders. Currently he is collaborating with researchers in the application of surgical intervention and tissue engineering approaches to restoring damaged vocal folds. His curriculum vita reflects numerous awards, eponymous lectures, leadership positions in national medical associations, and membership on five leading editorial boards. Dedicated to supporting the arts locally, he recently served on the Madison Symphony board and currently he is an active member of the Madison Opera board of directors.
Dr. Amy Gilman is the director of the Chazen Museum of Art at UW-Madison. Dr. Gilman joined the Chazen in September, 2017, following distinguished service at the Toledo Museum of Art, most recently as deputy director. As director of the Chazen, Dr. Gilman oversees all administrative, financial, and curatorial duties for the museum, and has spent her first few years focusing on capacity-building and access. Since Dr. Gilman’s arrival at the Chazen, the staff has grown by 30%, unpaid internships have been replaced with paid positions for students, and the museum’s open hours have increased drastically to be open 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, making the Chazen the most open art museum amongst its peers. Dr. Gilman earned her doctorate in art history at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio; a master of fine arts in photography from Columbia College in Chicago, and a bachelor’s performance studies from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
Marci is CEO of Girl Scouts of Wisconsin - Badgerland Council, the premier organization dedicated to serving girls and preparing them for a lifetime of leadership and success. Marci leads a team of 50 professionals working to provide life-changing Girl Scout opportunities for some 10,000 girls in 23 Wisconsin counties. A native of the Pacific Northwest, she grew up in a home where the arts were deeply valued and some of her earliest memories include attending gallery openings, local theatre and community concerts. Marci earned a Bachelor of Science at Washington State University, an M.B.A. from Oregon State University and a Master in Non Profit Leadership from Seattle University. Marci’s career, first with the American Red Cross and now the Girl Scouts, has afforded her the opportunity to work and live in many diverse communities including Portland, Oregon, Tacoma, Washington and Syracuse, New York. An avid traveler, she often seeks out performance art in her adventures and is especially thrilled when she can attend Broadway shows in NYC. She sits on the Advisory Council for the Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering and is a former Board member of Habitat for Humanity. Marci is excited about the future of Forward Theater and honored to be a member of the Board.
Gwen is a native of Lake Geneva, WI, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and holds a BA degree in History and Political Science. She has worked extensively with Wisconsin businesses like Waldbillig & Besteman Advertising, Armstrong Creative, American Family Mutual Insurance, the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism, and Madison Area Technical College. Believing that through involvement a difference can be made; Gwen has held leadership positions with Urban Insurance Partners Institute and was a member of the NHCC (National Hispanic Corporate Council). Very active in the Madison community, in 2005 Gwen was recognized as a “Woman of Distinction” by the YWCA, and her past associations include membership in Tempo International, St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation Board of Directors, the African American Ethnic Academy Board of Directors, and she is past president of the Madison Chapter of the Links, Inc. In 2014 she became actively engaged in the formation of the NAACP of Dane County. Gwen served as Chair of the Dane County Branch Organizing Committee, and following the Branch Chartering by the National NAACP, she became the first President of the NAACP Dane County Branch. During that time, she was appointed to the NAACP Wisconsin Conference of Branches Executive Committee as Communications Director. In 2015, Gwen was elected to the ACLU of Wisconsin Board, and the St. James Elementary School Advisory Board. Other past board affiliations also include the Edgewood High School Board of Trustees. Currently, Gwen serves on the NAACP Dane County Executive Committee and the NAACP Wisconsin Conference of Branches as a Committee Chair.
Hallie is currently a Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis at WPS Health Solutions. Her responsibilities include management reporting, variance analysis, business case support, budgeting/forecasting, and other ad-hoc analysis to support executive decision making. Prior to joining WPS, Hallie held multiple finance roles in the manufacturing and telecommunications industries. Her most recent role was in Financial Analysis and Strategic Planning at Telephone and Data Systems (TDS), where she was primarily responsible for enterprise-wide strategic planning, budgeting, and forecasting processes.
Hallie earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, Investment, and Banking from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She spent some time in Chicago after graduation and recently moved back to Madison with her husband and Siberian Husky. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, travelling, cooking, and spending time on the many lakes of Wisconsin.
Roth is advisor to governments and organizations worldwide on best practices for design, implementation, and enforcement of standards of conduct for government officials. He is the creator and animator of an interactive seminar for fostering not-for-profit organizations' trustees' good management of and participation in board meetings and decisions. B.A, Linguistics, Lawrence University. J.D., University of Wisconsin. Roth was formerly executive director and legal counsel of the Wisconsin Ethics Board. He is an officer and trustee of Oakwood Village Retirement Community, bylaws advisor and past president Rotary Club of Madison, trustee and past president Madison Opera, and vice-president of United States Log Rolling Charitable Foundation. Roth is a past president of Cap-itol Neighborhoods, Inc., Vilas Neighborhood Association, and United States Log Rolling Association.
Roth and his wife Lynne are passionate about quality theater. Roth counts among formative experiences elementary school attendance at Louisville's children theater and teenage years largely spent in the green room of Minneapolis's Guthrie Theatre when he was not acting as tour guide, ticket taker, usher, and stage door guardian. Recognizing the limitation of his talents, Roth confines his theatrical endeavors to the purchase of tickets.
Donna has served as the Office Business Director for Perkins Coie’s Madison office since September 2013, where she manages the business operations of the office, supervises all non-attorney staff, maintains positive contact with internal and external clients and is responsible for the fiscal management of the office.
Donna’s service to the Madison community includes: current member of Madison Common Council - District 7, 2017-18 President of the Rotary Club of Madison, as well as, past President of the Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools, the Literacy Network, and One City Learning Center. Other volunteer activities include: United Way of Dane County Academic Achievement Community Solutions Team, Big Brothers Big Sisters School Friend, and Schools of Hope tutor. In the past, she has chaired the United Way’s Women’s Initiative Leadership Council, served as a United Way Community Volunteer Awards Judge, served on the United Way Days of Caring Committee, and Madison Prep Board. She has been part of numerous City of Madison committees, including the Administrative Review Board, Affirmative Action Commission, Downtown Planning & Coordinating, and the Equal Opportunities Commission Executive Committee.
Donna has a B.A., M.B.A., Paralegal Certification and Leadership Beyond Management
Jolen is a managing consultant for Janus Galleries, in Madison, where her focus is on marketing, inventory control, corporate installations and non-profit event planning. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was Director and Co-Director of Library Media Centers at Black Hawk and Hamilton Middle Schools, as well as James Madison Memorial High School, in the Madison Metropolitan School District. She also taught Access and Legal Issues in Libraries and Young Adult Literature courses for the School Library and Information Technologies graduate program at Mansfield University, in Pennsylvania. She has been a member of two major children’s/young adult book award committee’s, the Michael W. Printz and the Charlotte Zolotow, as well as numerous other professional committee’s. She is currently serving on the 2016 Madison All City Swim planning committee and is an active volunteer at Agrace Hospice, where she shares her love of gardening. She is a busy mom of a 13 and 9-year-old and a 3 year-old Scottish Terrier. She and her family reside in Fitchburg. She fell in love with Forward the first time she sat down for a production and is thrilled to be part of her new family. She’s looking forward to working with our community to introduce Forward Theater to those who have yet to discover this incredible gem.
Kathie has lived in Madison for over 33 years. During that time, she raised two wonderful sons, and has been an active supporter of Madison’s civic and cultural organizations. The majority of Kathie’s career has been spent working with and for nonprofits. Kathie served as the Business Administrator at the First United Methodist Church for 23 years. Most recently she has been working as the Program Coordinator for the UW Madison Board Leadership Program. This unique and innovative partnership matches UW graduate students with various nonprofits in the community, helping the students to experience the rewards of nonprofit Board service as part of a graduate level course. This is a perfect fit for Kathie, as she spends much of her time serving on nonprofit Boards herself. Kathie holds a BA in history, with a minor in literature from Binghamton University; and an MBA in economics and public policy from The George Washington University. When not doing nonprofit work, Kathie can most often be found at the Overture Center enjoying theater and fine arts (most often and most especially Forward Theater Company productions!); at UW sporting events; or walking on the Isthmus with her young dog, Zander.
Susan first experienced the powerful draw of local theater as a young child. Whenever director Alan Furlan had a drama in production at the Sunset Playhouse west of Milwaukee, she and her siblings knew they would be put to bed early – so her mother could beat it across town in time for rehearsals. Although Susan was too young to see her mom as a supporting actor in those years, she remembers the allure of the enterprise, the camaraderie, and the magic of stepping backstage. Later on, she became a willing extra – that is, when her mother’s theater-loving friends had a spare ticket to a Milwaukee Repertory Theater production.
Susan and her husband Hans have been doing productions of a different kind as partners at Pigorsch Media Design. Their Madison-based creative and production firm specializes in motion media, digital media, video/film and event production. The firm helps clients launch innovative ideas and products across a range of industries, from manufacturers and technology start-ups to health care and higher education advancement. As a writer, producer, and manager of creative teams, Susan focuses on integrating messaging across media platforms, including video, social media, print, and live events.
As past president of TEMPO of Madison and the TEMPO Foundation, Susan knows the joy of working with board members who build on each other’s strengths to achieve tangible goals, all while having fun and helping make the world a better place. She and Hans have been long-time supporters of Forward Theater, as well as American Players Theater, and she’s excited to see how she might encourage others to put their kids to bed early and get out of the house to experience local professional theater at its best.
Sandi is a graduate student in Social Work at UW Madison and works as a Mitigation Specialist, working with criminal defense teams to understand the life histories and treatment needs of her clients. She also spent fifteen years working with nonprofit organizations on implementing CRM systems and developing strong operational business processes, including several years at the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association. Her passion for theater began in early childhood when she cast her younger siblings in shows she created, directed, and coerced the rest of her family to watch. She fell in love with Forward Theater Company quickly after moving to Madison in 2013. Prior to her move, she served on the Boards of the Hoboken Public Library and Hudson County CASA in Hoboken, New Jersey. She currently volunteers with the Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development as the program lead for the Court Observers group, helping members of the public learn more about Wisconsin’s court system through education and direct observation. She enjoys reading, writing, and spoiling her 30 nieces and nephews whenever she can.
Orange and her husband Dean have been co-owners of Orange Tree Imports since 1975. In addition to running the store, Orange does translating from Danish to English and freelance writing in the fields of medical terminology, Danish cuisine, and retailing. Orange founded the Monroe Street Merchants Association and the Monroe Street Library League, and continues to serve as chair of both organizations. Orange has served two terms on the Madison CitiArts Commission, has been involved with American Players Theatre for many years, and is now a board member of the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society. She has also served on the boards of the Madison Youth Choirs, Madison Children’s Museum, Friends of WHA-TV, and Susan G Komen for the Cure, as well as volunteering for United Way of Dane County as a member of its board and marketing committee. As a footnote, Orange’s son Erik grew up in a theater-loving household in Madison (obviously!), and he is now director of marketing at Chicago's Lookingglass Theater.
Dr. Stephenson is an Associate Professor of Radiology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH), specializing in Musculoskeletal Imaging and Image-Guided Interventions. His teaching and academic interests lay at the intersection of medical education, student engagement/self-efficacy, and technology. Jason has been a proud Madison resident since 2012, when he relocated with his family. He and his wife, Dr. Laura Stephenson, were introduced to Madison theater via the theatrical pursuits of their twins, Hunter (daughter) and Walker (son). Walker’s role in Forward Theater’s 2018 production of Fun Home introduced the family to the Forward Theater and they have been enthusiastic and faithful patrons ever since. Moreover, Jason is an especially dedicated fan of the Theater Forward podcast as well as the general practice of talkbacks after performances!
Steve is senior vice president and associate general counsel in the Office of the General Counsel at CUNA Mutual Group. In this role he leads a team that is responsible for handling board and corporate governance, holding company regulation, data management and human resources issues. Steve joined CUNA Mutual Group in 1999 as associate general counsel. Previously he spent 12 years at Foley & Lardner, LLP in Madison, WI, where he became a partner specializing in securities law, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate law. Steve received a Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin and a bachelor’s degree in history from Hartwick College. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Wisconsin.
Ted is a trial lawyer and partner at Stafford Rosenbaum LLP. Through his cases, Ted meets wonderful people from all backgrounds and walks of life. His clients are partners with whom he explores fascinating areas of the environment, science, finance, human relations, government, medicine, engineering, and complex technology. He often meets a client at a difficult part of their life and is honored when they ask him to help them navigate through it. Strong bonds often form that survive years after the crisis has passed. Raised in Chicago, Ted graduated from Northwestern University and then he and wife Cathy moved to the North woods to teach and coach. Law school at the University of Wisconsin and two boys followed. Ted has always loved a great story well told and that is what drew him to Forward Theater.
After 11 years in NYC pursuing a career in acting. Andy is so thrilled to be back in Madison and using his experience to help continue to grow the incredible reputation that Forward has already created. He is now working in real estate and you can hear him over the PA at the Mallards games!
Jennifer has been with The QTI Group for four years and brings over fifteen years of sales and marketing experience in advertising, consumer products, and service-based companies to her role as Executive Search Consultant with The QTI Group. Her experience working in both entrepreneurial start-ups as well as larger companies lends itself to providing a consultative approach to recruiting for many types of businesses. Throughout her recruiting career, she has successfully executed searches to fill senior and executive-level positions with both private companies and nonprofit organizations, providing human resource solutions in marketing, finance, new product development, sales, operations, and senior leadership. Jennifer holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and post-graduate certificates in Business French and French Literature. She is a founding facilitator and Board member of Project Girl, a national art-based media literacy effort, a board member of Tempo, the Wisconsin School of Business Alumni Board, and Forward Theater, and a member of Downtown Madison Rotary.